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5 Great Things: Birthday books, policing forum, RePresent Everyday

(Source: Lena Pierce) (Source: Lena Pierce)

The Labor Day weekend is upon us, but not before we share with you the 5 Great Things in the Mid-South that shows some Mid-Southerners' Labor of Love in their communities.

Birthday Books

Blytheville High School students wrapped books to give to elementary school children with hopes of fostering their love
to read.
The book donations are part of the "Cara McCullom Birthday Book Program," which gives books to children in need every year
on their birthday starting in Kindergarten.

The high school's English and Journalism teacher Lena Pierce included the program in her curriculum as a way for her students
to give back and learn the importance of reading.

Olive Branch student broadcasters

Center Hill Middle School students in Olive Branch are learning to be a voice in their community while preparing to become
the next generation of broadcasters.    

It's an interactive opportunity for sixth through eighth graders learn about lighting, editing and public speaking in a unique
program usually reserved for high school or college. 

Kacy Covington has sponsored the broadcast program with participation from selected students with proven talent on and
off camera.

SCO students deliver eye care

Members of Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) at the Southern College of Optometry spent the summer
improving vision around the world.

SVOSH has been a group at SCO since 1975.

Students involved in the program took a four-day mission trips to Nicaragua, Haiti and Costa Rica to give free eye exams to
people who otherwise might not get proper eye care.

Community policing forum

Brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Alpha Delta Lambda chapter (Memphis Graduate Chapter) held a community
policing forum for students at the Du Bois Charter School.

The event taught students the proper ways to interact with law enforcement officers.

Represent Everyday

The Memphis Grizzlies, Shelby County School and Seeding Success teamed up to fight chronic truancy in schools.    

According to the Grizzlies, 29,000 students were chronically absent in SCS Schools in 2015.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson set a goal to reduce the number of chronically absent students by 25 percent.

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